Evaluation Philosophy and Policy


Cochrane Minor Basketball Association (CoMBA) believes in having players play on teams compatible with their skill level.  Where numbers warrant more than one team in an age group, CoMBA will hold evaluations to determine player placement.  The goal of the evaluation is to build competitive teams composed of players of similar skill level.  The evaluations will result in as many teams as required ranked from Team 1 (with the most skilled players), Team 2 (with the next most skilled players), etc.  


Once evaluations are complete, the Administrator will notify the coaches, parents, and players of team selections.  

Each season, the Board will nominate a Facilitator or Facilitators to conduct player evaluations.  They will also nominate an Evaluation Team to assess players during the evaluations.  The Evaluation Team, in conjunction with the Board, will use the evaluation results to determine player placement and suggest team placement within Calgary Minor Basketball (CMBA) divisions.  Final decisions will be at the discretion of the Evaluation Team and the Board.  


Player evaluations will be conducted in September (See schedule). 

Each child will be given at least one 90-minute group evaluation.  Each child could be called back to a total of 2 additional 90-minute evaluations.  Keep a close eye on the schedule.  Emails will be sent out for call backs. 

During each session, facilitator(s) will provide instruction to the players while evaluators observe, and rank skills based on pre-determined criteria.  Members of the evaluation team will be present for each age category.  Players will be expected to follow the instructions provided by the facilitator(s) and will not be “coached.”  Our goal is to accurately evaluate each player’s skill level based on their current abilities.  Sessions will be closed to parents without exception.  


There will not be any make-up sessions: The Board may consider extenuating circumstances if they are notified of the scheduled conflict by Aug 1 of the playing year.  In the case of an injury prior to the session, proper notice by phone or email before the start of the session is required.  In the case notice is not provided the player will be placed at the bottom of the ranking.

Disputes: If a player, parent, or coach strongly disagrees with placement of any player, they can voice their concerns using the CoMBA Complaint Procedure.  

Late Registration: If a player registers post-evaluation and team selection, they must be evaluated by at least two board members.  The player will be evaluated using the same criteria as regulatory scheduled evaluations and placed on the most appropriate team after discussion with the affected coach and approval by at least three board members.  Late registrations will not be accepted if all teams within the applicable group already have a maximum number of players.  


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